The Rector Writes – Feb 2013
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“It’s a new day everyone. What a great system!”

That was a Monday morning message from the comedian Tim Vine to his multitude of Twitter followers. And he’s right!

God gives us new days and fresh starts – and he keeps on doing so.

The Bible puts it differently (and the verse is not only relevant to the Harvest season) but has the same sense of God’s enduring provision.

“As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease”          (Genesis 8:22)

I take great encouragement from the fact that God is faithful and his timing is perfect. It’s helpful to be reminded of that at the beginning of a new year.

Perhaps the new year, 2013, already feels a bit old to you – we are in to February already – but I wonder what new things God will do among us in the days, weeks and months to come.

I sense a lot of expectation among people I‘ve been speaking to. That’s a healthy outlook and I am positive that many hopes will be fulfilled as we seek God’s will together.

You can read elsewhere in the Messenger about some of the plans and preparations for taking further the Pro-vision programme, new fund raising events, the new (old) hall, preparations for Easter Vestry etc.

But renewal is also personal quest of allowing God ministering into our lives.

As you read this, think about how you can use the new days and the new opportunities to bring glory to God. We don’t always make best use of the time God has given us – perhaps it is time to seek God’s renewing grace in our lives.

“Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober -minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 1:13 (ESV)

 


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